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Dear Parent or Carer,Letter of welcome to all parents and carers from the Meltham CE Primary School Governing body
Meltham C of E Primary School has a long standing ethos of providing for the children of our community, a well-rounded, exceptional education that concentrates on the core subjects but also inspires the children, allowing them to be creative and active and above all, have an enjoyable and memorable time at school.
We believe not only that it is essential to treat all our children as individuals, but also that we value the opinions, ideas and input of parents and carers. As a consequence, your involvement is not only welcomed, but you are encouraged to come into school to discuss your children’s progress (subject to appointment); get involved in our school community through our wonderful parent staff association (PSA); volunteer to come in and help out in class or share a special skill with the children; and perhaps join our governing body and become involved in the governance and leadership of the school itself.
Meltham C of E has high expectations and standards for its children. We have been fortunate to have had two external inspections during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Ofsted Inspector rightly commented on, “…the positive and energetic leadership, that knows the pupils well…” and that the pupils benefit from, “a rich curriculum.” It was recognised that, “The school’s attendance is high because the pupils enjoy school and the school’s values and ethos promote their spiritual and moral, social and cultural development strongly.” Our visit from the Anglican Church (SIAMS) noted, “…the pupils’ excellent behaviour and positive attitudes to learning, founded on their growing understanding and use of Christian values…. the school cultivates moral and spiritual development, inspiring learners to be thoughtful, work hard and achieve well.”
Teaching staff, whilst setting high standards, are firm but fair, ensuring that our children are self-disciplined and display good positive behaviour and respect for each other as well as adults and visitors to school. However, it is also our aim to inspire in our children a love for learning, a pride in their school and its wider community so that they are well prepared for their continued education and life beyond our school gates. Our school has exceptional grounds and facilities with an arboretum, butterfly garden and vegetable patches, as well as outdoor play, games, cycle track providing a range of outdoor educational activities. Thanks to our enthusiastic staff and community volunteers, we are able to offer a huge range of extracurricular activities, including a Forest School program, sports teams (many of which enjoyed amazing success), musical opportunities in class and through the Kirklees Music School, dancing, cookery and gardening to name but a few. It is the intention to provide something to inspire all our children.
Finally, none of this is possible without our very experienced, dedicated and passionate team of teachers and support staff who are always delighted with the challenges of ensuring that all our children leave school at the end of year six, well prepared for their futures and with high aspirations to enjoy life and succeed.
Should you be interested in your child joining our wonderful school, please take the opportunity to contact us, come for a look round, ask questions and talk to us and our children. You are also invited to our ‘new parent and carers evenings’ where we can answer your questions and concerns. We look forward to meeting you.
Paul White – Chair, Meltham C of E Primary School Governing Board